Surprise: iPhone 8 Plus sells better than iPhone 8, both see 'stable' demand at carriers

Surprise: iPhone 8 Plus sells better than iPhone 8, both see 'stable' demand at carriers
For all the talk of "soft" iPhone 8 and 8 Plus demand in anticipation of the iPhone X later in the season, or lack of queues in front of Apple Stores, the sales seem to be pretty substantial, according to what's probably the most reputed Apple analyst at the moment, KGI Securities's Ming-Chi Kuo. Granted, he says, store sales have been lower than for the same period last year, but those who queue as early adopters are usually waiting on the latest and greatest, and that's the iPhone X

Carrier sales, however, have been pretty "stable," he calls them, and opening weekend shipments have been 50% of last year's volume, which apparently is in line with the analyst's expectation given that there is a third major iPhone on the horizon. Actually, Ming-Chi Kuo expects the total iPhone X sales to equal the combined iPhone 8 and 8 Plus shipments, which, at 50 million projected units for the "all-screen" iPhone, again means a pretty heavy business for Apple in the next year or so. 

As for the current state of affairs, folks are surprisingly flocking more to the Plus version, compared to last year, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales have been almost equal, judging from carrier and other sales channel probes. Needless to say, the iPhone 8 Plus is currently the only one you can use the much-touted Portrait Lighting trickery, at least until the iPhone X comes around, so there might be something to that end.

source: 9to5Mac

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15 Comments

1. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 82; Member since: May 02, 2017

Surprise! iSheep couldn't tell the difference between iphone6, 7, and 8.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

I fail to understand what that has to do with this article.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1863; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So basically sales are down 50% from last year, as the famous analyst informs us.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So, they are saying that the 50% sales decline of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is because people are waiting for the iPhone X? I don't think that's the major reason.

17. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It does make sense, if we're being honest. Basically the x is viewed as the new 2017 model. The 8/8plus are just like the samsung "active" models. Just added "an extra feature" to an already existing phone. Like re-releasing an existing model with more storage or ram or an extra radio band. If anything, the fact that the 8 models even sold that many is an indication of how sad some fanboys can get. Unless the majority of those that bought it don't already own an iPhone 7 model and were due for an upgrade....

5. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Well most who invest in premium telephony handsets don't want to give up a fingerprint scanner for a fancy display, seems like the common sense purchase. I'd still recommend the SE over this generation, yes the chipsets are pretty and shiny, I don't know a single person in my life who as iPhone users take advantage of those things anyways.

8. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

No surprise at all . People are now more interested in big screen devices as they are more productive, better battery life, better media .

9. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Sells better only on iFruitArena article.

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I love to see apple fail like this ....

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Then you need to fix your life. That sounds like the saddest, emptiest joy I've ever heard of in my time on Earth, next to racist jubilation.

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple fails!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

22. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not a Apple fan and even I have to laugh at this, LMAO Apple sales at slow down sometimes just like any company but, fail, LOL

21. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Sounds like 50% of the sheep population doesn't even know he Iphone X exists, find the X too pricey, or are waiting for X. My guess would be the former from what I have seen from the sheep population.

24. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Stable demand is a 50% decrease from the last year? Apple analysts are blind and foolish at best. We don't know how the iPhone X is going to sell, we don't know how many Apple can actually produce, Samsung may be the king of displays but can they supply enough when nearly everyone is buying from them now?

25. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

I wish I could use the iPhone 8 Plus, but it's just not comfortable for me to hold in my hand(s). Not to mention the camera on the 8 does me justice. I don't need the extra camera shenanigans. If they made the plus like they're doing with the X then I would've gotten that instead. The Plus variant is just....awkwardly big to me.

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